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Asked if there were any plans to send more British troops to Afghanistan in the near future, the PMOS said that as had been announced on Monday, we would be sending our mobile headquarters in 2006 as part of our long-term commitment to the country. He was not aware of any other commitments in the shorter term, other than those that were already there. That said, we were keeping the situation under constant review. Asked if the NATO Response Force might be sent, the PMOS said that as the Prime Minister had made clear on Monday, he believed that such a force was needed. However, a NATO reconnaissance team would be sent in to report on whether it was necessary for it to be deployed. Asked if he would agree that the Prime Minister and President Karzai were privately frustrated that the NATO Response Force had not actually been deployed in the light of the forthcoming elections in Afghanistan, the PMOS said President Karzai believed that NATO had listened carefully to what he had said and would respond accordingly – as, indeed, the NATO conclusions had shown.

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